T. K. Jones

Biography

Hi, I'm T. K. Jones. I was born in Tokyo, Japan but now live in TN. I'm a writer of fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry. Self-published up to this point. Though I did get featured in my high school newspaper for my poetry writing and won a horror story contest in middle school... thirst place.

I have an honors B.A. in Communication (Film & Video Production) with a minor in Philosophy from The University of Memphis. I am TEFL certified (from i-to-i) which means I can teach English as a foreign language.

I've mostly been writing short stories. My genres include: philosophical, slice-of-life, dramas, dark humor, psychological thrillers, sci-fi horrors and thrillers, and mysteries. I don't really write romance or westerns. I haven't tried my hand at YA but I'm interested in at least attempting it.

I really enjoy writing strange absurdist type stories and stories featuring eccentric characters. I've also started writing a lot of flash fiction and entering writing contests.

Some more topics of interest include: classic films, philosophy, literature, culture, sociology, absurdism, legendary and so-called mythical creatures, theories of our existence, gardening, the paranormal, metaphysics/occult, world mysteries, my dreams, alternative history, lost civilizations, lives/biographies of writers and artists, etc. You'll see many of these themes in my writing.

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
It can start in a number of different ways. Sometimes I come up with a title that I think is catchy or interesting and work around it (brainstorm) and see what I come up with. Other times I might have a character sketch. I ask what happens to the character? Why? How? When? Who? Sometimes I see a powerful scene in my head and build a story around it. It can also start with a dream ( I have many bizarre dreams.) So for me, dreams can turn out to be a free writing prompt!
I don't have a set-in-stone process of writing. Maybe that's what makes writing so interesting for me.
How do you approach cover design?
Up to now, I've designed my own cover. They don't look fancy/professional but they don't look horrible either. I get royalty-free images online and I use GIMP which is an opensource program I highly recommend. Often times I will make multiple covers and choose my favorite one. If I use an image on my cover, I make sure it's relevant to what my story is about. For example, I wont put an ET on the cover or a whodunit murder mystery set in the 1920s!
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Where to find T. K. Jones online


Books

Fancy Horse Girl, Zombified Classmates and an Insolent Instructor
Price: Free! Words: 710. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
This is a very short story that I wrote for Writer's Digest's 5-Minute Memoir. It was rejected. It's a true account of the creative writing workshop I took in college. My high expectations were not met. I write about what went wrong with the class. And it started on the very first day...
Birds
Price: Free! Words: 1,060. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
Lori muses about birds, her birds, as her nagging psychiatrist pushes for further explanation.
A Stranger at the Monastery
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,880. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
A strange, old woman appears at a secluded monastery in Wyoming with a message for the man in charge, Bishop Kallistos Stavros. This self-professed oracle tells him that God told her to warn him of a great fireball falling from the sky... onto his monastery! She warns of Satan coming in disguise. Things are not as they seem.
Petunia and Sir Alfred
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,750. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Visionary & metaphysical, Fiction » Literature » Coming of age
Al, a janitor at Lakeview Asylum, never noticed Petunia, a young schizophrenic patient, until Nurse Kathy nudges him into socializing with her. Little does he know he will get pulled into Petunia's bizarre metaphysical world. She claims to be a prophetess, filling one notebook after another with frantic scribbles. Intrigued by her strange religion, he becomes a neophyte initiate.

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